April 21 Emergency DrillApril 6, 2010
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety, we’ll conduct an emergency drill off campus on Wednesday, April 21, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our Department of Public Safety is coordinating the exercise, which will include local law enforcement and response agencies.
The drill will simulate our response to a shooter on campus. The drill will be confined to our Outdoor Education Center, located off Country Club Road. Actors from EnviroSafe Consulting and Investigations Inc., a firm under contract with UNC General Administration, will play the role of armed gunmen. Others will portray hostages and victims from the campus community.
In conjunction with the drill, we’re asking you to practice your own emergency preparedness on April 21. Shortly before 8:45 a.m., the emergency sirens will sound as a test. If you’re outside, you’ll likely hear the sirens. If you’re inside, you may not. But students, faculty and staff who have registered for emergency text messages in the online directory will receive a test text message shortly after the sirens go off.
Between 8:45 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., your assignment is to do what you should do in an emergency:
- Stay inside or go inside.
- Close windows and doors.
- Wait for updates.
We hope faculty and students who are in class at 8:45 a.m. will use those five minutes to talk about the things you would do if the siren warning was real. At 8:50 a.m., everyone will resume their normal activities.
For the rest of the day, emergency vehicles and personnel will be visible in the immediate drill area, which will be clearly marked with yellow tape, barricades and signs saying an exercise is in progress. Neither regular traffic nor Chapel Hill Transit service in the area will be affected. We’ll also communicate well in advance with nearby neighbors.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad things occasionally happen. We haven’t been immune on our campus, and you only have to scan the headlines to see examples of tragedies on college campuses. It’s our job to be ready for that worst-case scenario.
You’ll receive more details and reminders about the drill in the coming days. And please check out alertcarolina.unc.edu for useful information about campus safety and to register for emergency text messages.
Thank you in advance for your participation on April 21.